Banana 'Manzano' Apple Banana (Musa acuminata)
One of our favorite banana varieties! The Apple Banana has a superb, sweet flavor and really does taste just like apples! Fruit is on the smaller size, making it perfect for snacks and smoothies. This Musa variety is definitely a hold steady; reliable producing a heavy and strong crop.
Apple Banana (aka Manzano) is a seedless diploid that is rendered so by bearing sterile female flowers. It is not produced commercially on large scale but it is usually grown in backyards for family consumption. Its sub-acid flavor is reminiscent of a cross between an apple and a very sweet banana, which make a pleasing combination. Allow it to ripen fully before eating. The plant is quite cold hardy and will not be harmed by temperatures that are close to freezing. If frost forms on its leaves they will turn brown. The Apple Banana tree will grow 12 to 14 feet tall and is mostly green colored with just a light margin of red around the leaf.